Sue Simoncini

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Dye Projects

Give plain white cotton dish towels a colorful upgrade, making them pretty enough to use as napkins. Crafts editor Silke Stoddard uses iDye pellets to dye batches of them in a washing machine, then tosses them in the dryer: “The whole process is as easy as running a load of laundry.”<p><i>iDye pellets,</i> …

Crafting

Handmade Button Jewelry

There's no need for gold or diamond necklaces when you can craft beautiful pieces with abalone-shell or pink mother-of-pearl buttons in this craft demonstrated by Martha's niece Sophie.

Yellow Butter Cupcakes

Classic yellow butter cupcakes got perfectly with a variety of frostings -- from Chocolate Ganache Glazes to our classic Seven-Minute Frosting.

Ganache 101

<b>Think of it as the gift that keeps on giving. Start with our easy and irresistible chocolate ganache recipe, then adapt it for all kinds of uses.</b><p>Easy as 1-2-3<p>Chop. Pour. Stir. Nothing up your sleeve, no sleight of hand. Those three basic steps are all there is to making an irresistible batch of …

Ian Young's Cream Cheese Frosting

Top Sweet Zucchini Cupcakes with this frosting, submitted by reader Ian Young of Oakland, California.

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

This recipe, from the How Sweet It Is bakery in New York City, is used to make delicious .

Dessert

13 Things to Never, Ever Throw Out When You're Downsizing

That landline phone is more important than you think.<p>Ditching clutter can be tough, but deciding what stays and what goes gets a little easier when there's a set of rules to follow. We tapped three organizing experts to tell us what items in your home are worth finding space for.<p>1. Important …

Minimalism

13 Things That Make a House a Home

We're talking can't-live-without, warm-fuzzy stuff here. This piece originally appeared on goodhousekeeping.com.<p>A house provides shelter, but a home is where you weather all of life's little storms — and revel in the sunshine. Here are a few of our favorite things that transform a mere shelter into …

What to Do With Your Leftover Paint

Here's what to do when you're stuck with a few half-empty cans. This article originally appeared on goodhousekeeping.com.<p>Painting is an easy way to update a room, but often you end up with a lot left over. But don't just dump it down the drain! Leftover paint can be hazardous, as it contains …

Cleaning

You've Never Used A Lemon Like This Before

When life gives you lemons, use them in more ways than you ever imagined.<p><i>Getty Images</i><p><b>Help Toothaches</b><p>Lemon juice is no replacement for going to see your dentist—and exposing your teeth to fruit acids isn't a great long-term strategy. But if you've already got a toothache, the citric acid in lemons …

Dry Skin

21 Problems You Can Solve With Baking Soda

Seriously, store a box of this stuff in every room of your house.<p>Sure, it's a pro at making chewy chocolate chip cookies, but baking soda's real claim-to-fame is its power to freshen and clean many spots in your home. It's a super-effective (but gentle) abrasive and is a great natural deodorizer, …

Cleaning

Organizing Tips For Every Room In Your House

7 Common Decorating Problems Solved

Interior designer Scot Meacham Wood, formerly of Ralph Lauren and now owner of his eponymous design firm, solves 7 design dilemmas.<p>Interior designer Scot Meacham Wood, formerly of Ralph Lauren and now owner of his eponymous design firm, solves design dilemmas in his weekly column, Ask a Designer. …

Ralph Lauren

15 Reasons Why Vinegar is the Ultimate Cleaning Solution

The secret fix to most household messes was already in your kitchen cupboard.<p><b>1. Kitchen Surfaces and Utensils</b><br>Vinegar has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties that make it a good choice for cleaning in the kitchen. Mix equal parts white vinegar and water, then pour it into a spray bottle. Use …

Cleaning

17 Ways To Use Just About Everything In Your Kitchen BETTER

These kitchen tricks will make cooking SO much easier. This piece originally appeared on cosmopolitan.com.<p><b>1. Use two plates to safely cut a lot of little tomatoes at once.</b><p>Lay the tomatoes you wish to slice in half on a small plate. Place another plate on top and then run a very sharp knife through …

Things You Should Never, Ever Clean With

And the items you could be destroying if you do<p><b>1.Vinegar:</b> Using vinegar on hardwood floors, natural tiles, and granite countertops can damage the finish causing them to appear dull.<p><b>2.Soap/detergent:</b> Using soaps and detergents can be harsh and damage rugs and leather—it can also leave behind residue.<p>…

Cast Iron Cookware

A Fresh Bathroom Makeover for Less Than $100

This DIYer proves you don't have to sacrifice style on a strict budget.<p>When we spotted this bathroom makeover on Hometalk, we knew we had to read all about it. Urusula, the blogger behind Home Made by Carmona, stretched her DIY legs and wrote that she completed the transformation for just …

There's a Secret Behind IKEA's Catalog Photos

And you're not going to believe what it is.<p>When you open a fashion brand's catalog or shop for a new dress online, you probably assume that the models wearing the clothes don't look like that in real life. Photoshop is everywhere in fashion (and sometimes it's rather egregious), but did you know …

BEFORE & AFTER: A Cluttered Room Refreshed...On A Budget!

A cluttered and crazy media room gets a calming refresh thanks to Lara Spencer, in her new book, Flea Market Fabulous<p>A cluttered and crazy media room gets a calming refresh thanks to Lara Spencer, in her new book, Flea Market Fabulous

Flea Markets

10 Genius New Uses for Dish Soap

It helps with so much more than just cleaning greasy pots and pans.<p>Dish detergent might be a sink-side staple, but its cleaning power is incredibly helpful all over the house. Because the liquid is mild, it's often a great choice over harsher chemicals (plus, we bet you've got an ever-ready …

UPDATE: Sarah Jessica Parker Finally Sells Her NYC Townhouse

The actress and her husband, Matthew Broderick, originally put the Greenwich Village home on the market nearly three years ago, and slashed the price several times before finding a buyer.<p><i>Getty Images, Mike Marsland; Douglas Elliman Real Estate</i><p><b>Update March 19, 2015:</b> After more than two years on the …

Real Estate

Inside A Paris Apartment Untouched For 70 Years

Frozen in time, this French apartment gives a rare look into a past era.<p>Imagine you stumbled upon a time capsule that gave you a never-before-seen look into another era—for French officials this came true when they discovered an abandoned apartment that had been left untouched for 70 years. The …

80 Beautiful Bathroom Designs That Will Inspire Relaxation

Relax and refresh with one of these designer-approved rooms.<p>Whether you're thinking of your powder room, master bath, or ensuite, our favorite designer looks will inspire you to spruce up your space. Don't stop there — take a look at these stunning bedroom and living room designs that are full of …

Interior Design

Before & After: A Moldy and Outdated Bathroom Gets an Elegant Update

Coats

3 Steps to a Family-Friendly and Functional Kitchen

Libby Langdon, designer and host of the TV show, Daykeover, shares an easy makeover for a kitchen.<p>""These days, staying in is the new going out, and all the action usually happens in the kitchen. Make it functional and family-friendly — but also super-stylish!" —<i>Libby Langdon</i><p><i>Photo: David A. Land</i><p><b>1.</b> …

Kitchens

9 Lies You Tell Yourself About Cleaning Your House

Time to own up and start doing it the right way.<p>We're all guilty of turning a blind eye to the dirty spots in our home every now and then. But don't fool yourself into thinking you can get away with these common missteps all the time.<p><b>1. "My kitchen sink gets clean as I wash dishes by hand."</b>Not …

Cleaning

Before & After: A Moldy and Outdated Bathroom Gets an Elegant Update

Coats

17 Ways You're Sleeping Wrong

Correct these mistakes for a good night's rest.<p>Even if you eat kale, exercise, and somehow resist the office cupcakes, it still won't matter much if you don't get a decent amount of sleep. Your body and mind desperately needs rest to function properly.<p>If only it were as easy as shutting your eyes. …

10 Organizing "Tricks" That Are Actually Huge Mistakes

Make sure you're not making these blunders.<p>Having "a place for everything and everything in its place" doesn't necessarily mean you're organized — it just means you have enough space to become a borderline hoarder. Before you crown yourself queen of organization, make sure you're not making these …

The Secret Histories Of 5 Famous Hollywood Costumes

Costume designers for Indiana Jones, The Blues Brothers, The Hunger Games, and more dish on their process.<p>If a film is doing its job, you’re probably not thinking about how its costumes were made–you’re wrapped up in the story, forgetting that the characters are just actors in carefully …

Captain America